WikiLou was launched on October 1st, 2006, at 11:58pm. The first edit on it was made at 12:50am on October 2nd, 2006. So, the actual establishment date can be debated between those two days.
Landmark Days for WikiLou
- October 1st, 2006 - WikiLou gets up and running at 11:58pm
- October 2nd, 2006 - First ever edit to WikiLou at 12:50am
- October 23rd, 2006 - Broke 1000 hits on the Main Page
- November 1-2, 2006 - WikiLou is 1 month old, and already has nearly 1500 hits on the main page (1421 at the time of this edit), and 245 articles
- November 15th, 2006 at 1:10pm - WikiLou's very first spambot vandalism. While it's not a good thing, it is a sign that WikiLou is getting popular.
- November 25th - Broke 2000 hits on the Main Page
- December 1-2, 2006 - 2 month anniversary: 393 articles, and 2272 Main Page hits
- December 20, 2006 - WikiLou moves it's database to a new server, making it many times faster than before.
- January 1-2 2007 - 3 month anniversary: 643 articles, and 3415 Main Page hits. Month three has been WikiLou's largest month of growth to date, with 250 new articles created. (That's a little over 8 per day).
- January 10, 2007 - The WikiLou Logo Contest completes, and the winner is announced.
- January 14, 2007 - The WikiLou Store is created on Cafepress.com.
- January 23, 2007 - The first WikiLou-inspired meeting took place between Mike Peters, and Geoffrey Fry to discuss the WikiLou logo. They met at Llywelyn's Pub in Soulard. Pints were had, food was devoured, a logo was finalized.
- January 29, 2007 - The new logo finally hit the front page of WikiLou.
- March 1-2, 2007 - WikiLou's reaches the 5 month mark with 904 articles, and 5268 main page hits.
- March 23, 2007 - WikiLou breezes by the 1000 article mark. 1000 articles in under 6 months!
- April 1-2, 2007 - WikiLou's 6 month anniversary. 1037 articles, and 6120 main page hits.
- May 1-2, 2007 - 7 Month stats: 1124 articles, and 7170 main page hits.
- May 17, 2007 - WikiLou has 1000 friends on MySpace (Alright, maybe that's not so historic, but I thought I'd mention it.)
- June 1-2, 2007 - 8 Month stats: 1215 articles, 8139 main page hits.
- July 20, 2007 - Broke 10,000 hits on the main page
- August 1-2, 2007 - 10 Month Stats: 1371 articles, 10,481 main page hits
- September 1-2, 2007 - 11 Month Stats: 1508 articles, 11,504 main page hits
- October 1-2, 2007 - 1 Year Stats: 1685 articles, 12,798 main page hits, 95 registered users, 417 uploaded files, 291,631 page views, and 8,499 page edits
- November 1-2, 2007 - 1701 articles, 14175 main page hits, 200 registered users, 423 files, 333,853 page views, and 9,161 page edits (it's been a slow month for growth, but readership has gone up!)
- January 1-2 - 1716 articles, 16912 main page hits, 333 registered users, 433 files, 425,149 page views, and 10,259 page edits.
- January 15-27 - WikiLou was down due to problems with it's old host (IX Webhosting). The site was eventually transferred over to a new server with Host Gator, and all data was restored.
If you'd like to see the detailed statistics about WikiLou's traffic, check out these links: